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Free Tuition in New York Adds Powerful Pull at Decision Deadline
by NYT > Education
Apr 30, 2017
“The new Excelsior Scholarship, for use at the state’s public campuses, is “huge” for qualifying in-state families when weighed against the costs of private colleges.”
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For so long, teens have agonized over colleges. Now they must make their choice.
by Education
Apr 30, 2017
“How do you know if a college is the right fit? Sometimes you just have to trust your gut.”
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Machete-wielding assailant asked about political affiliation before campus attack, witness says
by Education
Apr 29, 2017
““You are safe,” he told a Republican student before striking another person, a witness told a Kentucky newspaper.”
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Why college presidents are becoming more like corporate CEOs
by Education
Apr 29, 2017
“The career path to the presidency is changing. So is the nature of the job, with more focus on short-term gains.”
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Ann Coulter speech at UC Berkeley canceled, again, amid fears for safety
by Education
Apr 27, 2017
“A speech planned for Thursday, possibly in a public plaza on Berkeley's campus, was canceled, as the debate over how to balance free speech and public safety continued.”
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History, moral leadership and Georgetown
by Education
Apr 27, 2017
“How a university can face its history -- with ties to slavery and oppression -- openly and honestly”
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Lawyer: Stop using censorship to 'protect' free speech
by Education
Apr 27, 2017
“A lawyer writes that Ann Coulter's canceled speech at Berkeley is just the latest example of the threat of violence shutting down controversial speakers at college campuses.”
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At Hungary’s Soros-Backed University, Scholars Feel a Chill
by NYT > Education
Apr 25, 2017
“Central European University, founded in 1991, is threatened by a law that the right-wing government rushed through Parliament.”
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RAs to hold unionization election next week
by The GW Hatchet
Apr 26, 2017
“Updated: April 25, 2017 at 10:34 p.m.
GW resident advisers will vote next Wednesday to determine whether or not to unionize, organizers confirmed Tuesday.
A labor board ruled Friday that RAs at private universities are employees and have the right to formally organize, originally setting the election date for May 5.
Calla Gilson, one of the unionization organizers and a former RA in Shenkman and Somers halls, said Friday that organizers were trying to push the election date to May 17, after final exams.
She said the National Labor Relations Board set the date Monday night and that it is no longer negotiable.
If more than 50 percent of RAs who participate in Wednesday’s election vote to unionize, the advisers will form a union and collectively bargain their employment contracts with the University.
Gilson said there will be places for RAs to vote on both the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses. The locations will be open for several time slots throughout the day, she said.
GW RAs partnered with a local labor group last year and filed a petition to unionize in November. RAs said they were unsure what actions could cause them to be fired and that they wanted to negotiate clearer contracts.
The University appealed the petition and contested efforts to organize, saying that RAs are not GW employees. The NLRB heard the case Dec. 7.
Ahead of the vote, organizers of the unionization movement are hosting a series of town halls with RAs this week to give information about the effort and address concerns with the movement.”

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Man arrested after allegedly punching right-wing activist at demonstration
by The GW Hatchet
Apr 25, 2017
“A man was arrested by the University Police Department Sunday afternoon after he allegedly hit another man during an anti-fascist demonstration in front of Lisner Auditorium.
Sydney Ramsey-LaRee, 24, was charged with simple assault after allegedly biking up to the demonstration and hitting Jack Posobiec, the Washington bureau chief of Rebel Media, a Canadian right-wing media outlet, according to a Metropolitan Police Department arrest report.
Posobiec showed up at the demonstration with a friend and was filming his interactions with the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition – a left-wing activist group – when Ramsey-LaRee allegedly punched him in the hand as he was recording video on his phone at about 3:50 p.m.
UPD officers stationed across the street at the corner of H and 21st streets responded immediately after seeing Ramsey-LaRee punch Posobiec. They arrested Ramsey-LaRee and took him to MPD’s Second District station, the report said.
The man was not affiliated with the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition, members of the group said at the scene.
Posobiec said the man rode up on a bicycle and after members of the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition called him a “Nazi,” he punched Posobiec in the hand.
“He screamed ‘Where’s the Nazi? Where’s the Nazi? And then a bunch of them pointed at me and said “‘He’s the Nazi. He’s the Nazi,’” he said.
Posobiec said he wanted to see what the anti-fascist activists were doing on campus and was trying to hand out Pepsi to the demonstrators – in a nod to a widely vilified online advertisement from the soda brand depicting protesters and police sharing the drink together. He said the demonstrators didn’t take any soda.
Members of the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition were holding a community outreach demonstration to recruit new members, Jason Charter, a member of the group, said. Representatives from the group wore masks over their faces and handed out fliers to passing pedestrians.
The group came to campus in response to signs promoting the United States as a “white nation” that were posted in various places in the D.C. and Maryland area, including on campus last month, Charter said.
“Since this has been as the center of activism for many years and it’s known as the most politically active campus in the country, we thought it would be a good place to go,” he said.
Lacy MacAuley, a member of the D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition, said the man pushed the video camera away because he didn’t want to be videotaped.
“What happened was a whole lot of nothing,” she said.
MacAuley said Posbiec and his friend came to the demonstration to antagonize the anti-fascist activists.
“They just came to harass us, and unfortunately that’s what’s happening right now,” she said.”

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Staff member arrested on child pornography charges no longer employed at GW
by The GW Hatchet
Apr 25, 2017
“A male staff member arrested by federal agents earlier this month on child pornography charges is no longer employed by GW, University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar confirmed Monday.
The staff member was arrested on April 12 for possessing and distributing child pornography, University Police Department Detective Matthew Robinson said in a meeting with The Hatchet.
Robinson said a federal agency contacted UPD about the arrest.
Csellar said in an email the man was arrested at work, but the crime occurred off campus.
She declined to provide further details citing a University policy not to comment on pending litigation.
The man was arrested by agents from the Homeland Security Investigations unit of the Department of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Matthew Bourke, a spokesman for the department, said earlier this month.
He said the arrest on GW’s campus was part of an ongoing investigation and he could not comment further on the case.
James Levinson contributing reporting.”

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CMU team places second in 14th CME Group Trading Challenge
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
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CME Group, Inc., a financial market company, recently released the names of the winning groups of the 14th annual CME Group Trading Challenge. Carnegie Mellon University’s team placed second, right after Rutgers University, who ended the three year drought of not having an American university team place first in the competition.
The participation in the contest this year had almost 600 teams composed of over 2,300 students coming from 35 countries across the globe. This was the greatest number of participants the competition has ever had. The contest is a four-week electronic trading competition available to teams made up of undergraduate and graduate students. The goal is to provide a chance to gain experience with techniques for trading futures among major asset classes on CQG’s professional trading platform. It is also the intention of the program to educate up and coming financiers.
“We are pleased that a record number of university students from around the world have chos...
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Booth
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
“Gowri Sunder
Apr 23, 2017
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Booth at Carnegie Mellon University's Carnival is hard to miss; there is always a bustling energy of people interacting with the student organization’s creations. These ambitious projects bring together a variety of groups on campus and, through the frantic setup of booths, show off their capacity for hard work and creativity. This year, in the spirit of the Timehop carnival, the themes for booths seemed to be all over the place. From Road to El Dorado by Kappa Alpha Theta to The Creation by Alpha Epsilon Phi to Scooby Doo: Where’s My Mummy? by Fringe, the seemingly disparate themes were clearly tied together by a strong sense of nostalgia.
Children were running to see the Walt Disney booth by Delta Delta Delta, and — similarly — going with college-aged people, it was easy to sense the nostalgia felt in booths like the ‘90s Cartoons booth by Alpha Phi. Wandering through booths, you could see the love and care these students put into the work just through the details. The hier...
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Holi
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
“Apeksha Atal
Apr 24, 2017
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Holi, the Indian festival of colors, took place this Saturday, April 22, from noon to 3 p.m. on the Mall. Students gathered from around campus dressed in pre-ordered white shirts, to throw color, eat great food, and dance together on a frigid afternoon.
While it was chilly, the energy of the par- ticipants brought a sense of warmth and familiarity to the mall, where laughter and playful shrieks could be heard from as far as Midway.
The theme this year was 24-Kolor Magic, tipping a hat to Bruno Mars’ hit song from last year. The collective event, packed with plenty of play, performances from South Asian groups around campus, and a sense of togetherness, definitely lived up to its name — being nothing short of magical.
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Calendar
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
“Apeksha Atal
Apr 23, 2017
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The Maine at Stage AE
Monday, April 24
6:30–11 p.m.
Stage AE
400 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA
Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.com
The Arizona-based rock band will be visiting Pittsburgh this week to kick off their The Lovely, Little, Lonely World Tour . Their latest album Lovely Little Lonely was released on April 7 this year, and include the hit tracks "Don't Come Down" and "Bad Behavior." The show will also feature The Mowgli's and Beach Weather as accompanying acts.
The Three Musketeers
Tuesday, April 25–Saturday, April 29
The Philip Chosky Theater
Carnegie Mellon University
Tickets and info available at: drama.cmu.edu/box-office
The School of Drama brings you the classic tale of Arthos, Parthos, and Aramis with a twist. This adaptation brings with it a gender-bent society where wom...
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Carnegie Mellon announces commencement speaker Meg Whitman and honorary degree recipients
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
“Valene Mezmin
Apr 23, 2017
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On May 21, over 5,000 bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees will be given to students at Carnegie Mellon’s 2017 commencement ceremony. In addition to these students, Carnegie Mellon will also award honorary degrees to leaders whose work serve as an inspiration for Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff. This year’s honorary degree recipients include Mahrazin R. Banaji, Vivian Davidson Hewitt, Michael Keaton, Bernard Osher, commencement speaker Meg Whitman, and student speaker Chrystal Thomas.
Mahzarin R. Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University, will receive a Doctor of Science and Technology degree. She is a renowned experimental psychologist, known for her study of the disparity between conscious expressions of attitudes and beliefs and their less conscious representations. Banaji is the co-author of Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People along with Anthony Greenwald.
Vivian Davidson Hewitt graduated from Carnegie Mellon i...
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Crime and Incident
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
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Apr 23, 2017
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Disorderly Conduct
April 14, 2017
A University Security Officer observed a Carnegie Mellon student smoking marijuana in the Cyert School Playground. University Police Officers responded and the student was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.
Assist Outside Agency
April 14, 2017
University Police, along with Pittsburgh Police, University of Pittsburgh Police, Carnegie Mellon EMS, and Pittsburgh EMS, responded to the 4800 Block of Forbes Avenue for a report of a male who had been stabbed on a Port Authority Bus. The victim was provided with medical attention, and the attacker was taken into custody.
Odor of marijuana/Disorderly Conduct
April 14, 2017
University Police responded to Mudge House after receiving a report of an odor of marijuana. University Police seized a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Two Carnegie Mellon students were issued citations for disorderly conduct.
Theft by Deception
April 15, 2017
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Student Government column
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
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As buggies are brought back to workshops, booths are torn down, and mass amounts of Gatorade are ingested, Carnegie Mellon is being brought back from Carnival into impending-finals reality. With only a few weeks to go before the end of the school, it can be intimidating to think about what the new year will bring and what opportunities will arise. If you’ve found yourself wanting to get more involved with addressing the needs of the student body, look into serving in a position in student government next year!
Maybe after hearing about and voting in the second Student Senate elections, you feel inspired by our government’s dedication to properly inform the student body and want to learn more about how Senate impacts lives on campus. Maybe you feel like the second election was superfluous and want to make a change. Consider getting involved with the Undergraduate Student Senate!
Within the Senate, two positions can be held: Member-at-Large and Senator. Both can be involved in g...
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So, What is Carnival?
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
“A meditation on our annual Carnegie Mellon extravaganza
Sinead Foley
Apr 24, 2017
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It all started four years ago, when I first set foot on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. I was a high school junior at the time, doing the college tour circuit. Carnegie Mellon wasn’t like anywhere else I had visited. Campus was bursting with activity. People were setting up tents, hammering and sawing away in the Morewood parking lot, blasting music by the fence, and generally just having a good time. It was energetic. It was exciting. It was, as it turned out, the day before Carnival.
An intrepid little high schooler, I started asking around about what was going on and what Carnival was, but no one had a satisfactory answer. There was something about booth, a thing called buggy, and apparently there was an annual concert that (sometimes) got awesome bands, but I had no concept of what “booth” or “buggy” were, how this all fit together, or why everyone was so darn excited for a weekend that seemed to be mainly about building strange con- traptions. I left confused, but intrigued, hopin...
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All-Campus Photo Competition
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
“Here are the winners!
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Apr 24, 2017
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Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone who sent in submissions. Here are the results:
Top 3
1. Caroline Hermans
2. Bin Zhou
3. Pierce Sinclair
Honorable Mentions
Eric Huang
Marika Yang
Be sure to look out for future competitions, and win the chance to be on our cover!
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Bar Buddies: Cruze
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
“Grab your usual and dance the night away
Ariel Hoffmaier
Apr 23, 2017
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While Zeke and I crossed paths at a few Carnival-related events, I journeyed with about six non-Zeke people this Thursday to Pittsburgh's premiere gay club Cruze. I'll admit a bit of bias here: unlike some of the other bars we've covered, I've been going to Cruze a few times a term since my freshman year. Don't be scandalized, though - Thursdays are Cruze's "College Night." If your driver's license says you're at least 18, you could be in for a fun night of dancing or maybe more.
The location: On Smallman Street in the Strip District, Cruze is a bit of a journey from campus. You can either wait for a 54 or take a 61B or C and then transfer to the 87, 88, or 91. Commute time by bus is going to be 30-40 minutes across the board. Honestly, I usually just take a Lyft. It's worth the extra money if you're going with a mid-sized group, planning on drinking, or eager to avoid waiting a long time in the cold for a bus that may never come. After all, the buses stop at 2 AM and nobody...
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Advice for Awkward People
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
“On college-aged toddlers
Ruth Scherr , India Price
Apr 23, 2017
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Dear Ruth,
I just experienced my first Carnival ever, and it was a blast! On a more serious note, though, Carnival was pretty enlightening in that I realized I'm not really sure how to deal with drunk people.
As I navigated the various carnival activities, I saw my fair share of drunk people. Most of them were accompanied by a friends who seemed to know exactly what to do to get their friend home safely. After a while I started thinking to myself, "Do I know what to do if my friend needs help?" I'm worried that, at some point in my college career, someone is going to rely on me to make sure they're safe and sound.
I know the basics. Make sure they drink enough water. Don't let them go anywhere alone. But is there more I could be doing?
Best wishes,
Somewhere Off-Beeler, Evaluating Reason?
Dear SOBER,
So you've (theoretically) found yourself in possession of a pretty drunk friend that needs taking care of. Congratulations, I guess. You're now in charge of a toddl...
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Carnegie Mellon to host Cross Country postseason events
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
“Ian Tanaya
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The NCAA announced on Tuesday that the city of Pittsburgh will host 11 NCAA Championships from 2018 to 2022.
SportsPITTSBURGH and Carnegie Mellon University will serve as the host for the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Regional in 2019 and the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in 2020. In total, Pittsburgh was awarded 22 preliminary and final rounds of NCAA championship events in Tuesday’s announcements, the most of any city.
“Carnegie Mellon is ecstatic that we were chosen to host these marquee NCAA postseason events, including the 2020 Cross Country Championships,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “It is a great chance to showcase the city of Pittsburgh, and our world-renowned university. We have hosted many NCAA postseason competitions over the past few years and look forward to crowning a national champion in this special area of the country.”
Both events will take place at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Slippery Rock...
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Hernandez suicide sparks questions about true justice
by The Tartan
Apr 25, 2017
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The week before the NFL Draft is typically filled with excitement as all 32 teams seek to improve their rosters while hundreds of young men anticipate a new future by living their dreams and playing professional football. Yet, the attention this week was centered on the apparent suicide of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. The former star who was convicted of murder in April 2015 was found dead in his cell on Wednesday morning , leaving behind repercussions for the murder victims’ families and bringing up questions of the efficacy of the criminal justice system.
The story of Hernandez begins with off-the-field issues during his time at the University of Florida. While his success on the field helped the Gators win the 2009 BCS National Championship Game and earned him the John Mack...
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List alleging names of sexual assaulters appears in campus bathrooms
by Brown Daily Herald
Apr 27, 2017
“000: Courtesy Photos / Herald Anyone can submit a name using Brown Survivors Speak’s anonymous Google Form. But users must also add a non-Brown email now, after the name of one student was removed from the list.
The names started appearing at the end of fall semester. Some lists had three names, others as many as 15 by the time they started cropping up in the middle of spring 2017. Students found them scrawled in black permanent marker in women’s bathroom stalls around campus.
An anonymous group, Brown Survivors Speak, claim that the people on the list committed sexual assault, and the group has made posts on its anonymous Facebook profile that suggest that the University has mishandled its role in sexual asssault on campus. In a March 9 Facebook post, the group explained that it aims to empower survivors and “end sexual violence on campus.”
“To the extent that students are making use of this anonymous form of protest because they don’t think the university is taking claims seriously … (that) is a concern,” said Stephen Brown, director of the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union.
The list’s emergence follows the January departure of Title IX Program Officer Amanda Walsh and Jessica Katz, the University’s internal investigator. This has left the Title IX office headed by interim staff members from other University departments who are now charged with handling sexual misconduct cases brought to the office.
This is also not the first time a list of this kind has appeared on campus: In 1990, four Brown students created a similar “Rape List.” The ensuing discussion around the list pushed University administrators to address the issue of sexual assault on campus.
Activists on other Ivy League campuses have created similar lists, such as one at Columbia that surfaced following a complaint filed by 23 students with the Department of Education about the school’s mishandling of sexual assault cases.
Brown Survivors Speak adds to its list through an anonymous Google Form, where students submit a name and, thus, “out an aggressor” who had hurt them or someone that they knew. The group functions publicly through an anonymous Facebook profile named Marie Turner, which, in March, added over 400 Brown students as friends, most of whom are women. The Turner profile also includes a link to the public Facebook page for Brown Survivors Speak, but the page was deactivated in mid-March.
Brown Survivors Speak did not respond to multiple requests for comment through both the email address provided on the Google Form, messages to the Marie Turner page and via messages to a student thought to be associated with the group.
The name Brown Survivors Speak first appeared in 2014, when a list of five names was found on campus.
The University does not know the identity of the individuals responsible for the list, wrote Russell Carey, executive vice president of the University, in an email to the Herald.
The Department of Public Safety has responded to eleven reports of names posted in restrooms on campus, according to University administrators.
While the model of Brown Survivors Speak is similar to that of the 1990 rape list, some aspects have changed. In 1990, students themselves directly added to the list by writing on bathroom walls, but the Brown Survivors Speak list is posted only by the members of the organization itself, according to the organization’s Google Form. The 1990 list also mentioned support services for survivors of sexual assault around Providence. The current list does not.
Student and outside reactions
Brown Survivors Speak has come under scrutiny by some of those named on the list for the group’s inability to verify the legitimacy of names submitted through the form.
In March, a student’s name was “falsely submitted to the sexual assault outing form,” according to the March 9 post on the group’s Facebook page before the page was de-activated. The group apologized and wrote that the student’s name had been submitted by a “rape apologist,” or someone who defends rapists, and that the group had later “been made aware that (the student) could not have committed sexual violence on this campus.”
In an effort to prevent similar situations, Brown Survivors Speak wrote in the post that it had changed its “approach to ‘outing’ aggressors” by asking survivors to provide a non-Brown email with their submissions so that members of the group could “be in contact with them.” Brown Survivors Speak wrote that they felt this would “strongly discourage rape apologists from trying to discredit or falsely accuse people through the form.”
The student whose name Brown Survivor Speaks removed from the list still supports the group despite the controversy. “Survivor support is my utmost priority,” the student said in a message to The Herald. That student, and other students on the list, requested anonymity for fear of professional and personal repercussions.
Multiple sources, both those on the list and not, expressed concern to The Herald that the Brown Survivors Speak lists target people of color and people of low-income backgrounds who may not have the means to pursue defamation suits.
Students reacting to the list felt similarly. “It seems there is a great opportunity for prejudice,” said Maggie Shea ’19.
Shea also argued that students and University community members would not feel comfortable if a list with offenders of other types of very serious crimes appeared on bathroom walls.
“There’s something casual about it,” she said, arguing that the list may trivialize sexual assault.
Lists created through anonymous submission and posted anonymously raise questions about the legitimacy of information provided, Brown said. If students are “anonymously targeted without any real chance to defend themselves,” that jeopardizes principles of due process and could be defamatory, he said.
A student on the list could potentially claim defamation, but a legal suit would be difficult given that the leaders of Brown Survivors Speak act anonymously, Brown said. That was also the case in 1990: Even when men filed complaints about being placed on the rape list with the University, the anonymous nature of the contributors to the list made it difficult for administrators to act.
Holding the University accountable
Universities have a legal obligation to offer sound Title IX protections and procedures to their students, Brown said.
The anonymous Marie Turner profile has made statuses that suggest the organizers of Brown Survivors Speak take issue with the University’s treatment of campus sexual assault. On March 6, Marie Turner posted of series of statuses. “Brown University is an institution that financially benefits from continually allowing rapists on their campus,” one status read, adding: “If an aggressor is paying $70,000 to you, what incentive do you have to cut them off?” Another status read, “Brown University fosters communal silence around the idea of rape culture.”
Carey reaffirmed the University’s continuing support for the Title IX Office. The “University’s approach to addressing issues related to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence has been a significant and ongoing priority at Brown — both from the standpoint of education and prevention and in refining procedures for filing, investigating and resolving complaints in a prompt and equitable way,” Carey wrote to The Herald. The University encourages victims of sexual assault to use the Title IX process, reach out to a Sexual Harassment & Assault Resources & Education advocate or seek support from Counseling and Psychological Services, he wrote.
As for the creators of the list, damage to University property is a violation of the student code of conduct, but “beyond policy that relates to property, speculating about violations in the absence of the specific details of a specific instance is a hypothetical,” wrote Brian Clark, director of news and editorial development,   in an email to The Herald.
Named on the list
“I was shocked when I found out my name was on it,” said a student who was named on the list. The student said they did not know why their name had been included on the list. The list places a “moral stain” upon those on the list “even if (the accusation) is unsubstantiated,” the student said. “Legally you’re innocent until proven guilty, but, morally, you’re guilty until proven innocent.”
Another student named said the list lacks accountability from the anonymous members of Brown Survivors Speak.
Still, for some of those on the list, their naming has prompted self-reflection.
“I’ve spoken to some of the men on the list … (and) the first response I’ve gotten from several is a question of how they can improve and not knowing where to go” to learn more about consent, wrote another student named on the list in an email to the Herald. But he noted that attending consent workshops may pose a problem as a student named on the list “because our presence may inherently break the comfort of a safe space.”
Several students on the list said that since they were named, they have felt acquaintances and some friends avoid or distance themselves. One student on the list fears that the list will jeopardize their job prospects.
Three of the students on the list told The Herald that they had been contacted by University deans, who told them that they were on the list. But another student on the list said no University administrators had contacted them.
While it has no “policy, per se” about how it responds to the list, the University’s “practice in general is to offer support or resources to all students, whether on this particular topic or other issues,” Clark wrote in an e-mail to the Herald.
In 1990s, the list pushes change
In 1990, former University President Sheila Blumstein, professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences, acknowledged that the University needed to make changes to its sexual misconduct policies but said the rape list that appeared that year lacked integrity.
“I do not believe in any means to an end,” she said, according to a 2004 Herald article .
“If students wanted to make accusations, they should have done so officially to the institution. We were working on a new policy and were growing more sensitive to student needs without these unfair accusations,” she said in the article.
But students then and now would not write the names of their alleged sexual assailants on bathroom walls if they felt they had a more legitimate avenue to adjudicate campus assault, said Jenn David-Lang ’91 MAT ’97, one of the students who spearheaded the 1990 rape list and ensuing activism against the University. At the time, victims of sexual assault at the University felt they “were not taken seriously by the Brown disciplinary system,” she said, adding that the rape list was “a last resort effort” after several students had been let down by the Brown administration.
“It wasn’t just a list of men,” David-Lang said. “It was disseminating information. People have a strange idea that is was just a list of men, but it was a dialogue.”
Several changes were made to policy around sexual misconduct that year. After 1990, the University made sexual misconduct a punishable offense in the student conduct code for the first time and defined policies around disciplinary procedures. Additionally, administrators added a segment on sexual assault education to first-year training and appointed a point-person for women’s concerns on campus.
More recently, the University made sweeping changes to sexual assault policy following student activism in 2014 and 2015 . In 2015, the University created a Title IX office and appointed Walsh as program office . Within the new office, she created a new sexual assault policy and procedure, which more clearly defined punishable offenses and moved the handling of these cases from the jurisdiction of the Office of Student Conduct to the Title IX Office.
Feminists at Brown, various members of SAPE, the Title IX Office’s main email line and Liza Cariaga-Lo, vice president for academic development, diversity and inclusion, did not respond to requests for comment for this article.”

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Paxson initiates new climate change task force
by Brown Daily Herald
Apr 27, 2017
“In response to recommendations   made by the Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies, President Christina Paxson P’19 announced plans to create a task force to address climate change and environmental concerns in University business and investment practices as well as increase the marketing of the Brown University Sustainable Investment Fund, according to a community-wide email sent Wednesday.
ACCRIP, which examines ethical and moral responsibility in the University investment policies, provided recommendations to Paxson in December 2016. The recommendations came in response to a presentation made by Fossil Free Brown in 2014 suggesting divestment from the top 200 fossil fuel companies .
The Task Force on Climate Change and Business and Investment Practices will make recommendations to Paxson after reviewing the University’s “commitment to environmental sustainability and addressing climate change” in its business and investment practices, according to the website of the Office of the President. The task force will be charged in Fall 2017 with producing an interim report by the end of the semester and final recommendations by March 2018 .
The task force will assess existing investments and procurement, as well as external vendors and contractors currently hired by the University based on their commitment to sustainability practices, according to the Office of the President’s website.
The task force will also assist existing committees, including ACCRIP, by making recommendations on the University’s proxy voting guidelines. Additionally it will support the Sustainability Strategic and Planning Advisory Committee, which is charged with meeting the University’s greenhouse gas emissions targets set in 2008, and determine the necessity of creating a standing committee that will continue the task force’s work “on an ongoing basis,” according to the website of the Office of the President.
The task force will be comprised of experts on the environment and climate change, staff members from the business, investment and administrative offices and student and alum representatives.
Two of the four faculty representatives will be experts in the environment and climate change, and a staff member from the Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Initiatives in the Department of Facilities Management will be also be appointed.
Other staff members will represent the business and investment offices, including one representative each from the Brown University Investment Office, the Controller’s Office and the Business and Financial Services department in the Division of Finance and Administration and the Office of Government and Community Relations.
Two undergraduate students, one graduate student and one alum will represent the student body.
In response to the second recommendation, Paxson said the Division of Advancement has already been discussing methods to increase marketing of the BUSIF, which is a sustainable endowment option that was created in January 2016 . Potential strategies include increasing the online visibility of BUSIF on the “Giving” pages of the Brunonia website as well as in existing communications channels such as email newsletters, especially to young alums, who are “one of the audiences for which this ‘gifts of any size’ option has appeal,” Paxson wrote in the community-wide email.”

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Ivy League works to assist students in face of threatening immigration policies
by Brown Daily Herald
Apr 27, 2017
“As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, still adamant on tightening immigration policy, undocumented students and students targeted by Trump’s immigration bans still face an uncertain future. However, Ivy League schools have taken action through public and private measures to support their undocumented students and international students from the six Muslim-majority countries listed in Trump’s second executive order.
In this year alone, universities in the Ivy League took legal action against both of Trump’s executive orders on immigration by filing amici curiae briefs in February and April, The Herald previously reported. As members of the Association of American Universities, Ivy League schools also signed a public letter protesting Trump’s actions that curtailed entry into the United States for individuals from six Muslim-majority countries, The Herald previously reported.
While these statements reiterate the valuable role of international students and scholars across the Ivies, each school has developed its own approach to providing holistic support to vulnerable student communities — from lobbying government officials to providing mental health resources.
Lobbying for the preservation of DACA
In response to growing concerns about the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program , several Ivy League universities have begun lobbying government officials to save the program.
For the first time in its history, Princeton began officially lobbying on the issue of the DACA program by advocating for the passage of the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy Act, the Daily Princetonian reported March 2 . The BRIDGE Act “would allow people who are eligible for — or who already have — DACA to receive work authorization” and remain in the United States “for, at most, three years,” according to the website of the National Immigration Law Center .
Lobbyists from the AAU were present when the act was first introduced, the Daily Princetonian reported. Princeton has also “been involved in educating lawmakers about the importance of the Act (and) has submitted a statement of support” of the Act.
Princeton is not the only Ivy League school seeking the act’s passage. According to Cornell’s news page , Barbara Knuth, senior vice provost and dean of Cornell’s graduate school, met with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in an effort to secure his sponsorship of the act.
Meanwhile, Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard, met “Harvard alumni in the Department of Homeland Security to discuss how changes to (DACA) could affect undocumented students,” reported the Harvard Crimson Dec. 12 . Faust also met with Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Schumer to discuss “federal policies protecting undocumented students,” the Crimson reported in February. She also met with Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., who co-sponsored the BRIDGE Act alongside Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. to discuss the act.
Steven Gerencser, assistant director of government relations at Brown, said securing the passage of the BRIDGE Act through lobbying has been a “priority for Brown.” He added that President Christina Paxson P’19 has met with Brown’s Congressional delegation to speak about this issue.
Providing legal representation and support
Ivy League schools, including Brown, have also allocated legal resources to undocumented students who may need them, as well as to international students from the six Muslim-majority countries listed in Trump’s most recent executive order on immigration.
In an email to The Herald, Marisa Quinn, chief of staff to Provost Richard Locke, wrote: “We believe it is important for students to trust and feel comfortable with the attorney of their choosing and have offered possible options of area attorneys for consideration. In some instances, the attorneys have provided services on a pro bono basis, while in others, the University has covered associated fees. We have also had alumni offer pro bono services and can also make those available to students for consideration.”
The University has “offered access to immigration and legal advising” and housing to affected students over breaks in addition to virtual learning opportunities for students stranded abroad, according to a University press release.
The Herald previously reported that the University covers one appointment with an attorney of a student’s choosing under its undocumented student initiative. As per this arrangement, students can usually meet with immigration lawyers twice to discuss applying for or renewing their DACA status, in addition to discussing family legal issues.
Some universities go so far as to guarantee legal representation to their students. In a column written in the Yale Daily News after the election, President of Yale Peter Salovey wrote that Yale was “committed to making sure that our students who face legal action as a result of any changes in the government’s stance on immigration enforcement have legal representation, and the University will provide resources to help those students.”
According to Yale’s Office of International Students and Scholars website , students in need of legal assistance are asked to email the office’s director.
Some universities have utilized their law school resources to provide legal representation for undocumented students. In an email to The Herald, Jason Corral, a staff attorney at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic, wrote that he provides “complete representation to immigrants within the Harvard Community and (is) paid by the University.”
Corral wrote that his main priority is to assist undocumented and DACA students at Harvard. “I do provide full representation to students that are interested in applying for and renewing their DACA status. Further, I am available on a limited basis to the families of undocumented and DACAmented students in so far as investigating forms of relief available to family members that may include the student. For the needs of family members living in other states I try to connect them with legal resources outside of Massachusetts such as other clinical programs and legal services agencies.”
Corral also wrote that he can work with Harvard faculty and staff but “continued availability in that regard may be subject to capacity if the demand becomes too great. It is assumed that faculty and staff are more likely to have the financial resources to obtain outside counsel if necessary.”
The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic, which is staffed by seven attorneys, also provides immigrant legal services to the greater Boston and Cambridge area on humanitarian-based cases including asylum cases. “HIRC does have clients that are in removal proceedings,” Corral wrote.
However, Corral, who is in charge of representing members of the Harvard community, wrote that he has “not had to represent anybody from the Harvard community in immigration court nor am I aware of anybody that is currently facing removal proceedings,” but he has “applications pending before (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) for adjustment of status (green card) and asylum.”
The clinic has also partnered with the law firm WilmerHale, which “agreed to provide some pro bono services to assure that we meet the demands of the Harvard community.”
Cornell has also used legal clinics available through its law school to provide affected students with legal representation. Beth Lyon, a clinical professor of law at Cornell Law School and founder of Cornell’s Farmworker’s Legal Assistance Clinic, said that “because … we had people who did a range of different kinds of immigration work, we felt comfortable in offering our resources as direct representation to our students at Cornell.”
As per university policy, “our resources are available to provide counseling, brief advice and referral … to undocumented students and DACA students across the university” free of charge, she added. The university was able to cover the costs through a “specific fundraising appeal,” she said.
In an email to The Herald, Sarah Paoletti, a practice professor of   law and director of the Transnational Legal Clinic at Penn’s law school, wrote that the university “has not set up a legal assistance fund for our students” but that “in terms of legal aid to UPenn students, (the Transnational Legal Clinic with support from our Toll Public Interest Center) conducted three immigration information and referral clinics for members of the Penn community. Those were free clinics, where law students were on hand to provide basic information and responses to general questions and assist in screenings — and then we had members of (a private law firm) on hand for free immigration consults. For two of the three clinics, we also had a representative from” the university’s International Student and Scholar Services office, she said. In addition, during the third clinic, Paoletti found that some people had been calling one of the local legal services providers and that three or four of those cases will now receive pro-bono representation.    
Harvard, Columbia and Cornell also offered know-your-Rights presentations . Corral said he and HIRC staff members had hosted several know-your-rights presentations on campus and off campus, which “initially focused on rights surrounding international travel and took the form of town hall style forums.” They have also hosted general know-your-rights presentations on immigration law.
“We’ve had (Cornell) students and non-law faculty do know-your-rights presentations,” Lyon said. She added that undocumented students also created “sensitivity training sessions” for staff members.
“It trains people who deal a lot with the students about the issues that undocumented and DACA students face, what the threats are as far as the stressors are in their lives,” McKee added.
Other universities have partnered with external law firms to provide their students with legal support. According to Dartmouth’s Office of Visa and Immigration Services’ website, Dartmouth has enlisted the help of Curran & Berger LLP to “provide support and assistance to undocumented students on campus, including workshops/information sessions on DACA and DACA renewals (and) representation of individual students and their families (with discounted attorney fees).”
In a letter titled “Dear Colleagues: Executive Order on Immigration,” Debbie Prentice, dean of the faculty at Princeton, wrote that the university, which does not have a law school, had “shared with potentially affected students and scholars the information we are receiving from a law firm that follows these matters closely and has advised members of our community in the past.” The letter includes a link to Fragomen Worldwide Immigration Law Firm.
Ixchel Rosal, associate vice president for student life at Columbia, said “the university itself is not offering (legal) representation but the university has secured the pro bono services of a law firm in town. We can refer students to that law firm.”
Reluctance to become a sanctuary campus
While universities have made efforts to connect students with legal resources, no school in the Ivy League has explicitly agreed to call themselves a sanctuary campus.
In an email addressed to students at Penn, Amy Gutmann, president of Penn, wrote that the university “is and has always been a ‘sanctuary’ — a safe place for our students to live and to learn.”
However, Gutmann noticeably left out the word “campus,” which was intentional, wrote Paoletti in her email to The Herald. “Guttman also noted that the university stood by and valued its DACA students and international students and would continue to support the DACA program,” Paoletti wrote. “And, finally, (Guttman) noted the university would not cooperate with (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and would not facilitate any ICE enforcement action without a court order. So, in practical effect, Penn is a ‘sanctuary campus.’ We also happen to be in a city that is a sanctuary city, with very strong statements from our mayor,” Paoletti wrote.
Harvard declined to declare itself a sanctuary campus because administrators believed that the term “offers no concrete protections and may put undocumented students in greater danger,” according to the Crimson.
However, in an email to The Herald, Phil Torrey, a managing attorney at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinical Program, wrote about the sanctuary campus toolkit that he created for the Cosecha Movement, a nonviolent advocacy group working for undocumented immigrants. The toolkit addresses the concerns administrators frequently have about using the term “sanctuary campus.” Torrey wrote that “the kit provides legal foundation for many different strategies that campuses can pursue that are both legal and protective of their immigrant communities.” Torrey also wrote that he hopes the Harvard administration will change its perspective on the use of “sanctuary campus.”
“The administration is taking tactics that courts are questioning and tactics that rely on fear and intimidation. It’s important for communities to show that they will not stand for such tactics,” he wrote.
Student and community support
Columbia has also created support groups specifically for undocumented students through their Counseling and Psychological Services. Rosal said that after the election, “some of the undocumented and DACA students were feeling very stressed and feeling very isolated. We reached out to the Counseling and Psychological Services here on campus to see what support we could offer to these students.”
“The idea came up to create a support group specifically for DACA and undocumented students,” she added. Rosal declined to provide specific details about the group for confidentiality reasons.
Bita Shooshani, a licensed mental health counselor at Brown, said that Counseling and Psychological Services did not have a support group specifically for undocumented students at this time. She added that she worried that forming a group specifically for these students might be a “safety concern.”
However, Shooshani also said that it was critical for undocumented students at Brown to know that CAPS resources are available to them. “Services are totally accessible to them in terms of being concerned about any confidentiality questions that they might have.”
“Confidentiality is something that’s reviewed with students when they come in. … If they were to be affected by something that (causes them to need to speak to) …   someone immediately, we do offer triage services,” she added.
Shooshani also pointed out the work of Jorge Vargas, CAPS’s student care coordinator. “He identifies resources that would help students with …   (accessing) housing and legal support resources as well,” she said.
Students have also taken active roles in advocating for their peers. Student groups like the Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition played leading roles in informing administrators on how to better support undocumented and DACA students on campus, The Herald previously reported.
At Princeton, student activism played a large role in campus dialogue due to the work of Princeton Advocates for Justice, an intersectional student group advocating for human rights. PAJ is a “coalition of roughly 30 or so student groups (on campus),” said Nicholas Wu, president of PAJ.
After Trump issued his first travel ban, PAJ organized a Feb.17 event where over 300 people sent letters and made calls to members of Congress, Wu said.
Since that event, Wu said that the group has remained active by holding a fundraiser for the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund at Princeton and helping organize a protest demanding the university divest from private prisons and their “role in migrant detention.” The group also took an advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., he added.
“In the wake of what happened with the first travel bans and other steps that the Trump administration has taken, we felt that these broad affronts to basic human rights needed a broader coalition-based response, and that’s where the impetus (to form) this group really came from,” Wu said.
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated that Phil Torrey, a managing attorney at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinical Program, wrote in an email to The Herald that he hopes that Harvard administration will change its perspective on sanctuary campuses. In fact, Torrey wrote that he hopes the Trump administration will change its perspective on sanctuary campuses. The Herald regrets the error.  ”

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Undergraduate Finance Board clarifies perceived publication cuts
by Brown Daily Herald
Apr 27, 2017
“In an April 25 meeting with leadership of at least eight publications, the Undergraduate Finance Board clarified its decision to not approve funding for student publications’ printing expenses for spring 2018.
Chair of UFB Jordan Ferguson ’17 said UFB will not cut spring 2018 printing budgets entirely, but UFB intentionally did not approve them in order to begin a conversation with publications about how to reduce their printing costs. Student publications were meant to interpret the complete rejection of funds for printing in spring 2018 as “pending,” rather than as a final decision, Ferguson said. Budget requests returned by UFB to student publications April 17 showed that no print funding was granted by UFB for the spring 2018 semester. The rejection of printing costs was followed by a UFB email that announced the April 25 meeting, in which UFB would   “discuss the future of funding printing costs for publications” with leaders from student publications, according to a copy of UFB’s email obtained by The Herald.
“Printing costs take up a significant portion of our allocation, and it isn’t a sustainable practice for the Student Activities Fund. You will see that your groups have received funding for fall printing costs but not for spring. The board would like to present some alternative and work with you all to find the best solution,” the email read.
Ferguson cited an overall tightening of UFB’s budget for the next academic year to an influx of new student groups demanding funding from UFB which were previously funded by the School of Engineering and the Swearer Center for Public Service.
“If we give everyone fall printing, everyone can operate as normal,” Ferguson said. “But now we can have a conversation, almost a full year in advance, detailing how we can go forward knowing that budget constraints are going to be tighter next year,” Ferguson said.
Editors from several publications expressed initial frustration over UFB’s lack of communication regarding the perceived denial of funding for printing publications, The Herald previously reported .   UFB declined to comment to The Herald until after the April 25 meeting.
Jane Argodale ’18, metro editor and an incoming co-managing editor for the College Hill Independent, said UFB’s email to publications following the perceived cuts “sent us into a state of panic because it wasn’t clear that we would get any of our print funding back at all,” Argodale told The Herald.
“I really wish (UFB) opened up this conversation before they’d sent out these budget proposals,” Argodale said. “It would have been a lot more comfortable for us to be having a conversation about reducing our costs if it didn’t just start with a zero.”
“The ways (student publication leaders) were put on hold and the ways we were strapped for any root of communication that felt productive for that full week meant there was no way for us to actually mobilize,” said Dolma Ombadykow ’17, co-managing editor of the Indy, at the meeting.
Jordan Stein ’17, editor-in-chief of the Brown Noser and of the Brown Jug, mentioned another miscommunication involving his UFB representative, which occurred before the budget requests were returned.
“The reason why we have any sort of reaction to the budgeting decision was because when we met with our UFB rep, he told us explicitly that it was UFB’s intention, as an organization, to move all print publications online within the next few years completely,” Stein said. “He said that definitively.”
But this “was a miscommunication,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson apologized for the lack of communication between UFB and publications, and “the miscommunication and misinformation that has been circulating for the past week,” he said. “UFB chose not to respond … in an effort to make sure that all of you all were hearing it from us first and … to make sure that it wasn’t a back-and-forth ‘he said, she said.’”
The response from alums to the perceived printing cuts was significant, Ferguson said. He mentioned an online petition that was created to restore funding to the Indy and other student publications. Over 400 people, some of whom are alums who work in the publishing or journalism industry, signed the petition. Though he received several emails from alums about the perceived printing cuts, Ferguson said he waited to respond until after he had met with publication leaders.
The pressure to tighten the spring budget began at the start of the spring 2017 semester when UFB learned that it would absorb a number of student groups previously funded by the School of Engineering and the Swearer Center beginning fall 2017, Ferguson said. The new financial commitment encompasses approximately 20 additional student groups “with very large budgets,” he said.
Associate Dean for Programs and Planning for the School of Engineering Jennifer Casasanto could not be reached by press time to confirm that the School of Engineering   will continue to fund all of its student groups for the 2017-18 academic year. But in an earlier interview, she said it had funded the groups during the 2016-17 academic year.
“Engineering has not cut any funding (for student groups) … but has tripled the amount of student funding in just the last three years,” she said .
Dean of the College Maud Mandel confirmed that, since September 2016, student groups from the Swearer Center have drawn funds from the Student Activities Office. The center has “formed a partnership” with SAO to transfer “existing balances associated with any (Swearer Center) student group” to the SAO, Mandel wrote in an email to The Herald. However, for the 2017-18 academic year, the Swearer Center will stop transferring funds to the SAO to fund those groups, she wrote.
“In September (2017), the Swearer Center Student Advisory Committee will be developing a policy and procedure for allocating funds it controls for student requests that fit the strategic direction of the center,” Mandel wrote.
UFB’s draws its budget from the student activities fee, which for the 2016-17 academic year was $274 per student — adding to a UFB budget of $2.1 million, Ferguson said. UFB’s budget funds not only student groups but also the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center, LGTBQ Center and Brown Center for Students of Color, as well as others groups, he said.
All student groups that receive funding from UFB are categorized by the Undergraduate Council of Students as Category II or Category III student groups. Both categories receive a baseline funding of $200   from UFB, and Category III student groups “may request supplemental UFB funding,” according to the Undergraduate Council of Students’ website . Every academic year, UFB sets its budget to include a “rollover” of approximately $300,000 from the previous year’s budget, Ferguson said. This money adds to UFB’s budget for supplemental funding, which is where most money comes from for student publications.
Every fall, UFB can make a request to the University Resource Committee to increase the student activities fee, thereby increasing UFB’s budget for the next academic year, Ferguson said. This request is made before UFB determines the allocation of its budget that spring. In fall 2016, UFB believed it could successfully distribute funding for the 2016-17 academic year and maintain its usual $300,000 rollover for the 2017-18 academic year, Ferguson said. Because of this, it did not request an increase in the student activities fee for the 2017-18 academic year, which it would have needed to do in fall 2016, Ferguson said.
“In September, when we were approached by the URC, we declined to ask for an increase given the fact that, for the past two years, we had asked for an increase,” Ferguson said. He added that the URC often does not grant activity fee increases if UFB constantly asks for one, as that “doesn’t show any forethought.”
UFB is now in a position where it not only is unable to request additional funding for the 2017-18 academic year but also has to fund more groups for the year.
When UFB learned that it would have to fund newly categorized groups without additional funds, UFB had to decide whether it should let more people draw from the pre-set budget, or “leave groups out hanging to dry,” Ferguson said.
UFB examined its three largest financial commitments — transportation costs, performance groups and student publications — for possible reductions to its budget to compensate for the additional student groups requiring funding, Ferguson said.
To reduce transportation costs, UFB will attempt to partner with major transportation companies to set a fixed, discounted price for a bulk number of tickets, Ferguson said. To reduce performance group costs, UFB is asking groups to reuse costumes.
For publications, UFB allocated approximately $90,000 for the 2016-17 year solely for publication printing costs, a figure that has been increasing since 2014, Ferguson said.
UFB proposed three possible plans to reduce print budgets in 2017-18, Ferguson said.
Similar to how it plans to reduce transportation costs, UFB may house all the publications under a single printer in order to standardize a fixed, discounted price in return for bulk printing. Currently, publications employ a number of printers and are left autonomous to find their own printers, Ferguson said. Alternatively, publications might internally review the number of printed copies actually read in an attempt to reduce the overall number of copies. Third, UFB would pay for a publication to shift to a website if the publication wishes to go fully digital.
Ferguson also made clear that UFB would offer flexibility to publications who want to find ways to reduce their budgets.
“We’re willing to work with all of you to make sure everyone gets what they need and everyone gets what they want. We’re not trying to take anything away from anyone,” he said. “I want that to be very clear.”
The next step for student publications is to return to their executive boards and discuss possible means to reduce their printing expenses, Ferguson said.”

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Burgeoning alternative band, The Layovers, shakes College Hill
by Brown Daily Herald
Apr 27, 2017
“Recognized as one of Brown’s most precocious musical groups, alternative student rock outfit The Layovers is   paradoxically bound by its members’ differences. Under its only recently shed moniker ‘Paxsonator,’ the band released two self-produced demos, “Someday” and “Think of Me,” in 2016, and anticipates the release of a proper EP this year.    
An amalgam of “energies”
The Layovers is made up of Alejandro “Gango” Subiotto Marqués ’19, a magnetic Belgian drummer concentrating in Development Studies, Juan “JJ” Bellassai ’19, a light-hearted Paraguayan bassist and the group’s resident pre-med, Arthur Back ’19, a Parisian guitarist and beam of sincerity pursuing political science and Cameron “Cam” McKie ’19, a British singer and guitarist studying Mechanical Engineering.
United by their commitment to music and performance, the band members are each unique in their own disparate musical interests.
“Each individual song has its own individual energy,” said Subiotto Marqués, explaining the band’s unique approach to songwriting. All of the band’s songs start as solitary efforts composed by a single member   — a songwriting methodology which lends an idiosyncratic flair to each of their tracks. “The songs end up sounding very different. So it’s hard to label ourselves,” Subiotto Marqués added.
Bellassai, an avowed fan of Green Day and Blink 182, brings a pop-punk influence, while Back tends towards melodies reminiscent of softer southern and country folk in the vein of Jack Johnson. Subiotto Marqués singularly offers more hip-hop and funk-influenced tracks. McKie’s writing echoes contemporary British indie artists like The 1975 and Mumford & Sons.
“I actually learned how to play guitar through Mumford & Sons,” McKie said. A devotee of the British Isles’ indie rock, McKie evokes this more understated brand of music with his contributions to the band’s oeuvre.
A Hard Day’s Night
The group lamented certain obstacles the Brown environment presents to recording music — specifically, the severe paucity of practice spaces.
“There’s a distinct lack of equipment here,” McKie said, noting the lack of access to rehearsal rooms with the necessary gear, which are mostly restricted to Music and Modern Culture & Media concentrators. “There’s like one room in TF Green to practice in,” he added. “That room is booked all day. While there are more bands being formed everyday, the availability of practice spaces isn’t increasing with that.”
“Logistics make things really complicated,” Back said.
But The Layovers also experience the effects of a more universal source of undergraduate angst, encountering difficulties in balancing thei r band-related and academic commitments: “As a band, you need to be practicing constantly and booking regular shows,” McKie said. “But everyone has time pressures in school, which puts a damper on everything. It’s especially hard when the four of us are in different concentrations and our schedules conflict.”
Back views writing music as a cathartic release from the stress inherent in Ivy League life: “I’ve always loved writing, and writing music is one of the only times I can write nowadays,” he said. “I try to distance myself from school when I write.”
The Euphonious “Bubble”
On campus, The Layovers have played at a number of popular venues and events, Back said, noting a couple acoustic sets played at the Hope College residential hall and The Underground.
“We’ve played at houses on-campus that aren’t technically campus buildings,” Back added, referencing house shows that include featured setlists at the Finlandia Co-Op. “Those have probably been our best shows. They get really rowdy but are still very intimate.”
But the band has yet to expand past the Van Wickle gates. “There’s not that strong of a connection between Brown and the Providence music scene,” McKie said. “We operate in totally different spheres,” Subiotto Marqués added.
McKie offered a shrewd explanation of the disconnect between the two scenes: Brown’s location on the East Side’s tall and daunting College Hill ­— a situation that precludes easy transportation of bands’ equipment. “It’s got to be the geographic hill. Even if bands have the necessary gear, you still need to get all your gear down and back, as well as all the people.”
“The people in the bands here are also just older,” Bellassai said. “College-aged kid bands are more prominent in big cities like Boston or New York. Providence just isn’t big enough.”
Future layovers
The travel-related layovers from which the group derives its name are tinged with tedium and stagnancy — words that do not describe the band itself. While The Layovers may be fairly established on the Brown music scene, the four artists, excited for the future, are always looking to improve their act. “Lately, we’re trying to develop more of a stage presence,” McKie said. “Anyone can be a band. But to actually physically be yourself and entertain people while doing it, that’ s the goal.””

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Janet Yellen, Gov. Raimondo to speak at women’s conference
by Brown Daily Herald
Apr 27, 2017
“Women who have played a critical role in shaping Brown on and off campus will be celebrated early May. The 125 Years of Women at Brown Conference will bring around 700 alums back to campus May 5 and 6 for a series of lectures, panels and events.
Speakers include Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen ’67, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage ’86 P’20 and R.I. Governor Gina Raimondo.
The conference, led by the Women’s Leadership Council, will be an opportunity to celebrate the role of women at Brown over the last 125 years and for alums from all classes to connect with each other and share their experiences, according to the conference website.
The conference offerings will include panels led by Brown alums and faculty on subjects ranging from “Work and Life: How Working Women Manage Demands on Their Time in a 24/7 World” to “Celebrating Brown’s Female Athletes” to “The Value of Gender Diversity in STEM Fields.”
Dean of the College and Professor of History and Judaic Studies Maud Mandel will lead “What’s New at Brown in Educational Innovation,” a panel featuring three other deans on recent developments at Brown.
“I thought it might be useful for this panel to have the people … (who) actually have been former students here,” Mandel said.
The attendees will hopefully benefit from “really hearing from people who are on the ground doing this work everyday,” said Carol Cohen ’83, senior associate dean for class advising and for personal and health issues, who will also speak on the panel.
Conference attendees will also have the chance to “attend a class” taught by a faculty member. The TED talk-style offerings will be led by Dean of Public Health and Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Terri Fox Wetle, Professor of Political Science Wendy Schiller and Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Barbara Tannenbaum P’10.
“I love teaching, and I think it’s an opportunity for the attendees to see faculty who are currently actively engaged in (it),” Wetle said.
Panelists look forward not only to sharing their own expertise but also attending other talks. “I’m as excited to be there to meet other women and be inspired by other women as I am to come share my own experiences,” said Cheryl Houser ’83 P’13 P’19, partner and executive producer at Creative Breed, Inc., who will participate in two panels, including a shark tank-style forum for students to pitch their ideas to entrepreneurial alums. “I see it much more as a kind of symbiotic thing.””

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Pulitzer winners discuss MFA Program at University
by Brown Daily Herald
Apr 27, 2017
“For the past 10 years, Brown alums have consistently been nominated the Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. This April, Lynn Nottage ’86 P’20 won her second Pulitzer Prize in this category, continuing the decade long trend with her play “Sweat,” which explores economic stagnation and the lives of steel workers in the town of Reading, Pennsylvania. While some past-winners studied in Brown’s Master’s of Fine Arts program and others studied playwriting as undergraduates, all point toward Brown as the root of their success.
Nottage, the first woman to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, was initially inspired by Paula Vogel, who was the head of Brown’s graduate playwriting program when Nottage was a student.
“It’s been a struggle. Hopefully, young women will see what I’ve been able to accomplish, and … they might sit down at a desk and write a play,” Nottage said.
Gina Gionfriddo MFA’97 was nominated for a Pulitzer in Drama in 2013 for her play “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” a dark comedy exploring the consequences of internet pornography. Gionfriddo   credited her success to Brown’s MFA program, which she said provided her with the time and space to focus on writing.
“It was two years where I had my education funded and I could focus 100 percent on my writing,” she said. “You develop your skill set faster than when you are working a 40-hour a week job.”
Nottage, however, believes that the necessity of an MFA depends on the individual. While some writers need graduate programs to grant them the freedom to explore, other emerging writers prefer to dive deeply into the world of writing on their own time, she said.
“You can’t give people talent. But you can inspire them to go deeper and write expansively and to be more adventurous,” Nottage said. She now teaches as an Associate Professor for Columbia’s   MFA program.
Stephen Karam ’02, who was nominated twice for a Pulitzer in Drama in 2012 and 2016,   shared a similar sentiment. Karam recalled forcing himself to work day jobs that were uninteresting but financially stable to give himself the opportunity to write.
“It’s what I needed to do to free me up to pursue something that felt impossible,” Karam said. “Some people get a job to make them feel safe, others need to run at it 100 percent. There is no right or wrong — it’s just what you need to do to be able to pursue (writing),” Karam said
All three playwrights agreed that producing their work at Brown was crucial to their developing careers.
“I had three full productions of my plays while I was at Brown. I think there’s stuff you learn as a playwright that you have to learn through having your plays being produced, and I think that’s an incredible education,” Gionfriddo said.
Karam noted the importance of developing his adaptation of a Jane Austen novel with Brownbrokers, a student run theater group who produces a student-written musical every other year.
“I had a lot of productions at Brown,” Nottage said. “If I hadn’t had that time to play in the sandbox, I might not have had the confidence to move forward in this career.”
The playwrights also credited their success to the faculty who taught and inspired them. “I was fortunate enough to study with several really incredible playwriting professors,” Nottage said. “They were really key in me beginning to find my voice.”
“Studying with Paula Vogel was the reason I went to Brown. I was drawn to her dark, irreverent sense of humor,” Gionfriddo said.
Gionfriddo also spoke on the importance of fostering peer connections at Brown. Gionfriddo met Peter DuBois AM’97, the director of “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” at Brown when he was in the graduate theatre program and she was in the playwriting program. After directing her thesis “U.S. Drag,” DuBois went on to direct three of her plays.
The playwrights stressed the pertinence of continuing to write. “See as much theatre as you can and write as much as you can. Do what you can to create a life where you have space for writing,” Gionfriddo said.
“You have to keep continuing to explore the craft. It’s really about making a commitment to doing that,” Nottage said.”

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